Stay tuned for more information regarding our new and improved Programs Committee who are working to make our Youth Programs the best they can be!
This program is for skiers aged 12-19 who are interested in improving ski skills and having fun adventures in the sport but have less interest in “training” or racing. It is also a program in which athletes from other sports that are newer to xc skiing can get their skis under them, to stay fit for their other sports and/or to see just how awesome XC is! Any WinterFit may also choose to join our JD program(s) if they choose by simply discussing the program and expectations with the Head Coach, paying the “upgrade” to the JD fee and committing to the program.
We want to offer a wide range of skiing experiences and opportunities to all athletes. WinterFit athletes are under no pressure – but are welcome and encouraged – to join their other Sovereign Teammates at Tips Up Cup, OK Cups, BC Cups, Loppets and other local thru provincial races just for the fun of it! Appropriate coach support is provided.
The Adult/Masters Biathlon program is directed at cross country skiers aged 19+ who are interested in continuing with life-long physical activity and participation in competitive sport. This program will follow the same schedule and skiing skills development program as the Masters XC ski program. In addition, there will be 1 Biathlon Range session per week that focuses on developing marksmanship skills and putting it all together with ski skills in order to compete in biathlon. Masters Biathlon will take place on Saturday afternoons.SLNC membership and a current season’s pass are required for participants in these programs. All program participants MUST be registered members of BiathlonCanada/BC. This is not included in the program fee. Most program participants register as Recreational Athletes, which costs $20 per year. Be aware that competition in the Masters Athlete category requires you to have a Firearms Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) in order to ski on course with your rifle. Here is the link for more information about membership categories and registration with Biathlon BC: http://biathlonbc.caAll of our Biathlon Programs are entirely volunteer driven. Biathlon range sessions and competitions require many volunteers to run on time and successfully. Because there is no extra charge for the Adult/Masters Biathlon Program (you are only paying for the Masters Basic Ski sessions and the Biathlon rifle rental and ammo) participants will be required to volunteer with the Youth Biathlon program and at SLNC Biathlon Competitions.
Our Junior Biathlon program runs as a fully integrated addition to our Junior Development Cross Country Programs. For athletes aged 13 to 19 who are interested in developing their full range of skiing and range/shooting skills, off-season training, and have a desire to compete at provincial or higher levels. A commitment to scheduled Team training in the summer and fall, range/shooting sessions in the fall, and to completing additional independent training at home and on the snow is expected. This program is suitable for athletes who are graduating from the Junior Biathlon level, or are accomplished athletes from other sports that are “newer” to XC skiing and/or Biathlon and are at comparable fitness and skill levels. Senior Biathlon athletes are in the “Training to Train” or “Learning to Compete” stages of growth and maturation. Levels of training for individual athletes will vary according to their individual goals.
***SLNC membership and a current season’s pass are required for participants in this program. All program participants MUST be registered members of Biathlon Canada/BC. This is not included in the program fee. Here is the link for more information about membership categories and registration with BiathlonBC: http://